Etudes - Prints + Original Artwork
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Etudes - Prints + Original Artwork
Archival Pigment Prints + Original Artwork
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"This body of work is called “Etudes” because it was a new challenging exercise for me—not unlike what musicians and composers do with etude works. I had a specific set of rules to work within, but I never knew how the series would develop. It organically evolved over time. This original piece and several others will be for sale at the Fourth Wall Project in Boston, MA. It is one of the forty-nine experimental paintings that I created over the past several months. The series began with several rosettes created in summer and fall of 2013, which might remind viewers of stained glass, mandalas, and hubcaps. The series transitions organically from circular-based works to more calligraphic compositions that meander from central points. The later works in the series takes inspiration from Edo-era signage, which is defined by thick and heavy brushstrokes with round edges. The number of works created in this series--forty-nine--refers to the period of mourning that is observed within Zen Buddhist traditions. Within this ritual, it is believed that the spirit of the deceased will transition into the next realm after a forty-nine day period. The forty-ninth day is celebrated by family and friends with a ceremony.

The show opens April 18th and it runs through May 18th at Fourth Wall Project in Boston. The show is curated by Kristen Wawruck, a NYC-based independent curator, and the show is sponsored by Converse Inc. All my works in this show were created over the past several months, and I made the artwork specific for this show. Basically, I spent the past several months making work within certain conceptual guidelines. Kristen and I conceived of a show that was strictly abstract and about painting, which is a new experiment for me." - Kenji Nakayama

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